Catherine Birch, 92, of McGehee passed away on July 28, 2018 in Rison.

She was born on October 30, 1925 in Griffithville, Arkansas to the late William Kelley and Jessie Ann McAllister Turnage.

Mrs. Birch was a member of Tillar Baptist Church and a 1944 graduate of Tillar High School. She formerly owned Catherine’s Ceramics, later Catherine’s Grocery, for eight years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Norbert, J.W., Esten and Les Turnage; and three sisters, Lodean, Alvera and Emogene.

Survivors are two sons, Don Ray (L’Orchid) Birch of McGehee and Victor Allen (Juanita) Birch of Mabelvale; two grandchildren, Jonie (Malcolm) Massey of McGehee and Gena Birch of Texarkana; five great grandchildren, Colmon Massey of Little Rock, Anna Cathryn (Hunter) Wargo of McGehee, Caroline Massey of McGehee, Trevor and Miranda Reed of Texarkana; her step grandchildren, Greg (Amy) Grady and children, Avery and Saylor of Apollo Beach, FL, Steve (Alysia) Grady and children, Shonni and Kaitlyn of Brighton, Colorado, Jennifer Bonds and Ray Shepherd of Dumas and children, Jordan Jones and Madison Bonds of Dumas; 15 nieces and nephews across four states. She is also survived by her Tillar Baptist Church family that meant a lot to her She spent more than 60 years serving at the church in many areas.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 31, at First Baptist Church in McGehee from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 1 at 2 p.m. at Tillar Baptist Church in Tillar with Rev. Jerry Starnes and Rev. Kenny Hogue officiating. Burial will be at the Tillar Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Tillar Baptist Church, 201 No. 2nd, Tillar, AR 71670 or to the First Baptist Church McGehee, Daycare Ministry, P.O. Box 133, McGehee, AR 71654.